The Young Arts Great Selfie Challenge – 2017

Artists have been painting portraits of themselves for…well, as long as there have been artists. Nowadays, we can instantly produce ‘selfies’ on our smartphones, without having to pick up a paint brush. Before cameras and smartphones, artists would create pictures of themselves in order to demonstrate their skill to future clients, or perhaps for posterity, which took time and training.

For the Great Selfie Challenge, we asked the school pupils to produce a ‘selfie’ on canvas, using any traditional medium that they had been trained to work with. Reflecting the small size of their phones or tablets,their selfies would be produced on a small canvas which was provided.

The artwork was judged by two Scottish working artists Carol and Glen Scouller who’s own work is exhibited around the world.

In addition,we gave The Art Society’s Members an opportunity to vote for their favourite canvas before our lecture in March.


Prize Winners:


1st: £100 – Ailsa Simpson 

The Art Society Choice: £50 -Bethan Dale

2nd: £50 – Frances Burnett Stuart

3rd: £25 – Hazel Highton